Surrender: “To yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress” (Dictionary.com)
Surrendering is usually not a good thing.
If I’m surrendering, it usually means I’ve been defeated, that someone else–an opponent, an enemy, someone like that–has beaten me, and I’m giving up.
Spiritually speaking, Surrender is different, though. Surrender, from Spiritual perspective, is not a bad thing, but a good one.
To ‘surrender’ myself to God is to acknowledge His divinity, His authority, His wisdom and holiness–and to willingly give myself to Him.
In fact, ‘surrender’, from this perspective, becomes and act of Worship–where I’m taking my eyes and priorities off of myself, and putting them on Him.
I’m acknowledging that “He is God, and I am not.”
As Paul wrote in Romans 12:1: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
The idea here is that (in the context of Ch. 11), since God has brought Jews and Gentiles together in Jesus, and since He is so wise, powerful, and loving, ‘it only makes sense’ that we would surrender ourselves to Him–as an act of worship–every minute of every day!
That is why the things we’re doing together this weekend–celebrating ‘Baby Dedication’ and ‘Baptism’–are so important. In doing these 2 things, people from our church family are acknowledging that they have come to the place where they’re worshiping the Lord with all their lives!
They are committing themselves, as parents, to ‘worship the Lord’ actively modeling faith and instructing their children in the ways of the Lord.
Others are acknowledging that the Lord is in control of their lives, and they are willingly accepting and submitting to His Lordship over them. They are saying “YES” to Him, and surrendering their will to His…and this is GREAT news!
When someone ‘gets’ this and takes steps like these, I am confident that all of heaven rejoices! I know that we do, as a church family–because this ‘surrender’ is one of the main keys to spiritual growth and momentum.
So this week, come and celebrate with us at 11:00 (remember: only 1 service this week), and use their ‘ceremony’ to recommit your own life to ‘surrender’ to God–and to “Present your bodies as living sacrifices”.